There is nothing, facile or glib about the Jaguar’s millennial transition. It is built on a rock-solid foundation. Paradoxically, this owes much to the caprices, and level-headedness of your average British motoring writer. He may carp and castigate perceived inferior products, but on one thing most of his kind would wager their reputation. This is the unrivalled excellence of the latest Jaguar creations in comparison with their mostly struggling and dull competitors.

 The thinking car

Jaguar Models go  Seamlessly into the Millennium

Robert Govender and Jafa Raza report on the Jaguar's Continuing Great Leap Forward. 


  Perhaps the best tribute to Jaguar comes from the Japanese. They who are, for the most part dismissive of most Western cars, place the Jag on a lofty pedestal. Despite the country’s temporary economic difficulties, Jaguar sales remain as buoyant as ever. And Jaguar, for its part is not sitting on its laurels.

The company has introduced two advanced technologies, which it claims provide major improvements in driving comfort and convenience.

The new Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system employs microwave radar technology to enable the driver to keep a set distance from the vehicle in front. The Digital Versatile Disc (DVD-ROM) satellite navigation system delivers highly accurate and instantaneous positional information.

Of the 2000 model year range, Jonathan Browning, Jag’s MD said: “ Jaguar’s product-led expansion in Europe, a key element in the company’s growth strategy, continues in 1999 with record sales in all major markets. Currently, Jaguar sales in Europe are up 100 percent compared with 1998, fuelled by the success of the new S-TYPE sports saloon.

The 2000 model year XJ and YK Series will build on this success. The intelligent application of innovative technology delivers class leading quality, safety, security and value for money, reaffirming Jaguar’s reputation as a rational purchase proposition.”

One of the key elements of this innovative technology is Adaptive Cruise Control. How does this “ultimate in driving comfort and convenience” work? 

Over to Jaguar’s technical spokesperson: “The system eliminates the need to manually adjust the set cruising speed, or disengage the system to avoid encroaching on slower preceding traffic in the same lane. ACC keeps a constant time gap to the vehicle it is following, or cruises at a constant speed if the lane ahead is empty.”

Central to the system is the ‘Forewarn’ microwave radar range sensor from Delphi Automotive Systems, which measures the distance and relative speeds of preceding vehicles. Based on that information, ACC adjusts the throttle and, to a limited extent, the brakes, in order to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front. When the lane ahead is clear, the car automatically resumes the cruising speed until another, slower moving vehicle is detected.

Jaguar says that with ACC engaged, it is quite possible to drive long distances without ever touching the accelerator or brake. “The result is a relaxing drive – and a relaxed yet alert driver.” Absolutely vital, the Jaguar is so voluptuously comfortable and of such a serene temperament that some of a somnolent disposition may be tempted to take it for granted. Jaguar has taken the appropriate measures to protect these wayward elements against themselves and other road users.

 An up-dated version of this report also appears in the May 15, 2000 issue of the New World newspaper.